>>>>> BUSINESS PROBLEM:
Keeping on-the-move employees connected to coworkers, clients, and internal business systems.
>>>>> TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION:
New and improved mobile technologies that converge voice and data allow workers to stay connected, responsive, and productive, whether in the office or a half a world away.
Product: MC35 Enterprise Digital Assistant from Symbol
Pricing: Prices range from $640 to $750, depending on configuration and carrier.
Functionality: The MC35 combines advanced cell technology, including built-in GPS capabilities, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Voice functionality includes one-to-one and one-to-many voice calls with speakerphone, headset, and push-to-talk modes. Users can talk, send and receive email and text messages, connect to the Internet, use mission-critical business applications, and capture data with one device. Based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, it also supports dozens of business applications. The Mobility Services Platform allows IT staff to remotely provision, update, monitor, and troubleshoot devices.
Business benefits: MC35 puts the combined power of a mobile phone, laptop computer, 2-megapixel digital camera, and barcode scanner into a single, compact, and durable device for a lower total cost of ownership.
Contact: Motorola at 1-866-416-8545, www.motorola.com.
Product: Palm Treo 750 Smartphone
Pricing: Prices start at $399.
Functionality: This all-in-one phone with voice command and voice dialing also allows users to surf the Web, and, with Microsoft’s Direct Push technology, have access to their Microsoft Outlook email, calendar, contact, and task lists. It comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition (and soon to be added Windows Mobile 6), the Microsoft Office Suite, PDF Viewer, Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile, Windows Media Player 10, and other software preinstalled. It also includes built-in Bluetooth technology, a 1.3-megapixel digital video camera, 128 megabytes of memory, USB connectivity, car kit support, stereo headset, and more.
Business benefits: Treo smartphones seamlessly combine a full-featured 3G mobile phone with wireless communications, including email, messaging, and Web browsing, in a small, compact, easy-to-use device. Over-the-air password policy enforcement and remote wipe for lost or stolen devices protect company information.
Contact: Palm at 1-800-881-7256, www.palm.com.
Product: Nortel WLAN Handset 6100 Series
Pricing: Has not been set yet.
Functionality: The 6120 intermediate-level and 6140 professional-level VoIP and WLAN handsets offer advanced voice and data communications with wireless connectivity, expanded push-to-talk support, increased WLAN deployment flexibility, integrated speakerphone, greater support for advanced third-party applications, larger backlit display, extended-capacity batteries with a power-save feature that lets the VoIP handset sleep when it’s not active, and call admission control that enables an access point to monitor and manage a VoIP call to optimize its quality as other clients come and go on that same access point. Also new is support in the handset for Wi-Fi multimedia prioritization.
Business benefits: The Nortel WLAN 6100 Series portfolio delivers advanced, premises-based WLAN handsets that integrate with the Nortel Communications Server IP telephony offerings for enterprises looking to leverage their existing WLAN networks. Key vertical markets include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and education.
Contact: Nortel at 1-800-4NORTEL, www.nortel.com.